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Lucid motors are already serving to energize Components E racing

California’s Lucid Motors on Wednesday confirmed that it’s supplying the usual entrance drive unit for “the world’s main single-seater electrical racing sequence.” 

Sure, that’s Components E, and it’s an thrilling tie-in to a manufacturing EV, as particulars proceed to trickle out on sourcing of elements for Gen 3 Components E automobiles—even with one race, Mexico Metropolis, within the rearview mirror.

The unit Lucid is supplying accomplishes a surprising 14.7 hp/kg and combines motor, inverter, differential, and transmission, altogether weighing simply 70.5 kilos and producing 469 hp, with a most rotor pace of 19,500 rpm.

Every group can select its personal rear motor unit however shall be utilizing the Lucid unit up entrance, mounted within the race automotive’s nostril and there primarily to assist the entrance wheels get well as much as 250 kw of regenerative vitality. With the utmost regeneration functionality greater than doubled within the Gen 3 automotive, to 600 kw, and the automotive itself lighter and extra agile, it’s sure to assist make the races extra thrilling to observe this season.

Lucid drive unit for Formula E

Lucid drive unit for Components E

The technical specs for the vitality density and general lightness of Lucid’s race motor are simply as spectacular as they’re for the one utilized in its manufacturing automotive. That’s as a result of it’s in some respects the identical motor. The unit, termed the “micromotor” internally inside Lucid, is a couple of half-scale model of its present motor unit within the Air, and it incorporates among the identical design traits, such because the microjet cooling technique and the identical continuous-wave winding underscored in a video all about Lucid’s motors from CEO/CTO Peter Rawlinson and Powertrain VP Emad Dlala.

Lucid's Rawlinson and Dlala presenting drive unit

Lucid’s Rawlinson and Dlala presenting drive unit

This isn’t Lucid’s first time supplying a key part to Components E. For 4 seasons within the Gen 2 automotive, it utilized experience from its battery and motorsports unit Atieva to provide the 54-kwh battery packs that reworked the race sequence, permitting a single cost for every race, slightly than two separate automobiles. 

Rawlinson, as he’s revealed in earlier conversations with Inexperienced Automotive Studies, tends to be skeptical about how broadly racing expertise jumps from pit lane into manufacturing automobiles. Right here, Lucid is displaying fairly the other, bringing what’s primarily a scaled-down model of the drive motor from the manufacturing Air sedan to a slightly completely different use case. 

Lucid Air Sapphire

Lucid Air Sapphire

Though with its ultra-high-performance, tri-motor Lucid Air Sapphire arriving for deliveries later this 12 months and more likely to make some high-speed runs and observe information of its personal, it’s fairly attainable that there shall be some race findings that do make their manner again. 

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